08-19-2010, 07:17 AM
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Hey, I too like the idea of bamboo in aquariums, and am hoping to do it myself soon. (: I've looked up a lot on the topic, and maybe I can help a little.
Non-Live, you mean once-living? If you want to use once-living bamboo, you just have to make sure you dry it out completely, so that it lasts long in the tank.
After a while though, the bamboo will start to break down in the water, and you will have to replace it. It won't harm the fish, but it's not pretty.
I can't see the hollow piece having this problem though. (:
bearwithfish has a good method for keeping it at the bottom of that tank.
You can also use an old lid (make sure its safe + clean), and you can glue/silicone the bamboo to the lid, and place it under your gravel, so that the lid is covered, and the bamboo stays up. :D